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Old 12-21-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Thinking about replacing all this. Any suggestions?

I picked up an 02 330i with 105K miles. I'm experiencing some moaning and creaking in the front end and am thinking that I should just replace all of this now. I'm interested in maintaining a fairly comfortable ride but not loosing the sport feeling of the car. I have been in trucks and SUVs for the last 15 years and am out of the loop on a lot of this stuff. I am interested in hearing what else, if anything, I should be looking at in regards to this endeavor.

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Old 12-21-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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I would get Koni Yellow shocks/struts as opposed to OEM shocks, they don't last long and Konis ride better. Also do your rear shock mounts with reinforcement plates when doing the shocks.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:47 AM   #3
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M3 Vert rear shock mounts with Z3 reinforcement plates, if you want a solid rear setup.

I 2nd the Koni's instead of OEM shocks.

Changing out the front swaybar is probably overkill, just change the endlinks.

And finally, do your rear trailing arm bushings.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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Most of this is in a package from Turner. Trying to make this as simple, stupid as possible...with good results of course. I'm fairly convinced that all this is original on the car, so if I can get another 60K to 100K out of these, I would be happy.

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Old 12-21-2010, 02:17 PM   #5
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I just got some stainless steel shock tower reinforcement plates today. They're basically the same thing as z3 plates. PM me if you're interested.

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Hi Levi- are the gaskets included *under the assumption* it's a good idea to replace them whenever RSMs are unbolted (the gaskets between the RSM and the car metal)? Or are the ones you include to be used between the reinforcement plate and the car metal?

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Old 12-21-2010, 05:52 PM   #7
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Hi Levi- are the gaskets included because it's a good idea to replace them whenever RSMs are unbolted (the gaskets between the RSM and the car metal)? Or are the ones you include to be used between the reinforcement plate and the car metal?
Yes, they are included. They're the same ones used to between the shock mount and shock tower (under shock tower). I was selling them with the plates because I read about some guy's reinforcement plates made a squeaking sound and the gaskets fixed it. For an extra dollar, I'd include another set of gaskets.
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Yes, they are included. They're the same ones used to between the shock mount and shock tower (under shock tower). I was selling them with the plates because I read about some guy's reinforcement plates made a squeaking sound and the gaskets fixed it. For an extra dollar, I'd include another set of gaskets.
So, to clarify, yours are included for antisqueak action between the reinforcements and the car metal- gotcha
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So, to clarify, yours are included for antisqueak action between the reinforcements and the car metal- gotcha
Yeah but I don't even know if it's worth putting them under the plates. I've never noticed squeaking and nobody else sells gaskets with the plates. I'll still include them. If there would be squeaking, put them under the plates. If there's no squeaking, just save them and you have an extra set so you can replace the old ones under the shock tower when needed.
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Yeah but I don't even know if it's worth putting them under the plates. I've never noticed squeaking and nobody else sells gaskets with the plates. I'll still include them. If there would be squeaking, put them under the plates. If there's no squeaking, just save them and you have an extra set so you can replace the old ones under the shock tower when needed.
It is not...Reason, I deleted my other post didn't want to be a Dick. If they are on tight. They wont move. No Movement = No Squeaking...Everything on the car is metal on metal...

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I use gaskets on top and on the bottom; the reinforcement plates make metal on metal contact. I'd like to preserve some level of finish/protection on the tower itself.
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It is not...Reason, I deleted my other post didn't want to be a Dick. If they are on tight. They wont move. No Movement = No Squeaking...Everything on the car is metal on metal...

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I agree with you TrippinBimmer. I'll go edit the sale post because it doesn't make sense having them under the reinforcement plate.
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I use gaskets on top and on the bottom; the reinforcement plates make metal on metal contact. I'd like to preserve some level of finish/protection on the tower itself.
It wont mess up the finish if installed correctly...

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